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  • 01-Feb-2021 | Alok Chandra

    Goblet full for big wineries, small ones hit rock bottom amid Covid-19

    Indian wine companies have necessarily had to adapt to the new normal of markets and consumer behaviour.

  • 19-Jun-2020 | Alok Chandra

    Wine ratings explained

    Three- and five-point ratings don't address the subject adequately, and wine producers themselves cannot be relied upon to be objective.

  • 05-Jun-2020 | Alok Chandra

    The best of Indian wines

    The quality (and price) of wines made in India improves/increases each year and there's no question that our best wines are today much better than most imported wines priced at the same level.

  • 22-May-2020 | Alok Chandra

    A long, dry summer

    A silver lining in the dark clouds of this 10-week lockdown and the attendant downturn in the economy is the possibility that online ordering and home deliveries of at least wines will continue.

  • 08-May-2020 | Alok Chandra

    Wine online

    It's high time that all state excise authorities considered permitting home delivery of (at least) wines.

  • 24-Apr-2020 | Alok Chandra

    Zooming in on lessons

    The Daily Dose Red 2016 from Wine Park is a 100 per cent Cabernet Sauvignon that uses organic grapes from a single vineyard in Solapur, Maharashtra

  • 10-Apr-2020 | Alok Chandra

    Wine on screen

    No wine at home? Here's a list film recommendations by wine consultant Alok Chandra on your favourite drink. Enjoy!

  • 27-Mar-2020 | Alok Chandra

    Since you're at home

    As someone who's been operating a Small Office Home Office (SOHO) since 2002, I think I'm eminently qualified to comment on WFH

  • 13-Mar-2020 | Alok Chandra

    Virus impact on wine

    Diageo, the largest alcoholic beverage company in the world, estimates that the loss in its fiscal year ending June 2020 would be between $300 million and $420 million

  • 28-Feb-2020 | Alok Chandra

    Undercover wine tasters

    It's a pity that good imported wines are so expensive in India

  • 14-Feb-2020 | Alok Chandra

    Why I love wine

    With spirits, one gets drunk; with beer you mostly burp

  • 31-Jan-2020 | Alok Chandra

    Wine and food pairings

    Apart from its characteristic ripe guava aroma, it is vibrant, with intense lemongrass and fresh ginger notes that highlight the core of citrus and pear flavours

  • 17-Jan-2020 | Alok Chandra

    The climate change riddle

    Warmer climes are opening up areas for viticulture that did not exist 35 years earlier, and this trend will only accelerate

  • 03-Jan-2020 | Alok Chandra

    Wines over the last decade

    Wine consumption in India grew at a steady 12-15 per cent annually this past decade to reach an estimated 4.5 million cases in 2019-20

  • 13-Dec-2019 | Alok Chandra

    Bring out the bubbly

    You know, of course, that while all Champagnes are sparkling wines, not all sparkling wines are Champagnes!

  • 29-Nov-2019 | Alok Chandra

    The wine hubs of Bengaluru

    The Tenuta Sant'Antonio Amarone 2013 is a complex bouquet of ripe fruit, liquorice, and black pepper, with hints of chocolate

  • 15-Nov-2019 | Alok Chandra

    An expensive venture

    Krsma Syrah Hampi Hills 2016 has lush and opulent flavours of ripe blackberries, dried black currant, and mocha on the palate, with a characteristic lingering black pepper spice note

  • 02-Nov-2019 | Alok Chandra

    The game of wines

    Climate change over the last 30 years has had multiple effects on the wine industry - some beneficial, others not quite as much.

  • 19-Oct-2019 | Alok Chandra

    And the best Indian wine is...

    Indian wines are getting better all the time, says the author

  • 04-Oct-2019 | Alok Chandra

    Wines and myths

    SDU Reserva Syrah 2015, adjudged the Best Indian Red at the 2017 India Wine Challenge, is aromatic and full-bodied with soft tannins and a good finish